Wolfgang Hillen Summer School 2017

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Spliethoff

Technical University of Munich,
Chair of energy systems

Boltzmannstr. 15
85747 Garching
Tel. +49 89 289 16270
Fax +49 89 289 16271



International Summer School on Energetic Utilization of Biomass – Californian-Bavarian perspectives

Part 1 (n.d.) 2017 – Munich, Germany & Part 2 (n.d.) 2017 – Davis, California, USA

Bavaria and California have extensive research and development efforts in place that are focusing on sustainable, efficient and innovative biomass utilization for power, heat and biofuel production. Both regions plan to extend the share and role of renewable sources within their energy system.

With this Summer School specifically designed for Master’s and PhD students, the state-of-the-art in the field of biomass pre-treatment, gasification and combustion will be outlined and communicated among the young researchers.

The first part of the International Summer School will be hosted by the Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) department at the University of California, Davis. Key elements of this Summer School will be the general introduction to energetic utilization of biomass, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of different utilization pathways, modelling of gasification processes (e.g. fluidized bed modelling) and biological pathways for energetic uses of biomass feedstock. The seminars will be given by Professors from UC Davis, UC San Diego and other leading experts in the field of biomass utilization.

Students will visit a variety of Californian bioenergy facilities in the Northern California area (including: UC Davis Anaerobic Digestion facility, Woodland Biomass Power facility, Dixon Ridge Farm’s Walnut by-product gasification plant, Woodland Biomass Research Center and the West Biofuels gasification pilot plants). The Summer School will establish active participation of the students who are expected to give short presentations on their research interests so as to foster collaboration between Californian and Bavarian researchers. Hands-on laboratory sessions will include training on analytical instruments such as Micro-probe, XRD, TCD, GC-SCD, and -FID, for use in biomass, syngas, and by-product analysis.

The second part of the Summer School will take place around Munich, Bavaria. It will also comprise several seminars, lab courses and a field trip to an industrial biomass facility. During the course, invited speakers (from Bavaria as well as European project partner institutions such as VTT, ECN and DTU) will give lectures covering many aspects from biomass feedstock processing to their energetic utilization. Lab courses will be held at the Institute for Energy Systems (TUM) and will include feedstock characterization methods (e.g. elementary analysis, ash analysis, heating value, melting point) as well as biomass gasification and combustion experiments.

A detailed outline and program of this year’s Wolfgang Hillen Summer School will soon be published on the Websites: http://www.es.mw.tum.de; https://faculty.engineering.ucdavis.edu/jenkins/.
E-Mail: summerschool.les.mw@tum.de.